Saint Martin's earns first NCAA tournament win against Grand Canyon
ARCATA, Calif. -- Saint Martin's ventured into uncharted territory on Friday by picking up the first NCAA tournament win in program history by defeating Grand Canyon 2-1 at the HSU Softball Field.
The Saints came up with clutch hits, while Sam Munger shut down one of the top hitting teams in the Division II. Munger allowed just one run on four hits in the game to the Lopes, who entered the game batting .342 as a team, which is ninth best in the country.
Even more impressively, Munger extended her hitting streak to 23 games as she went 2-for-4 in the game. She did not surrender a hit until the third inning while pitching four scoreless innings before the Lopes got on the board.
SMU found its way on the board in the third inning as Lacey McGladrey and Megan Miller strung together a pair of singles with one out. A ground out advanced McGladrey to third and Joslyn Eugenio collected her 51st RBI of the season to score McGladrey to give the Saints the lead.
Munger helped her cause and extended her hitting streak in the fifth inning. McGladrey was hit by a pitch and Miller moved her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Munger then extended her streak singling up the middle scoring McGladrey.
The Lopes would get a run back in the fifth to cut it to 2-1. Grand Canyon had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh after a walk and a single. A sacrifice bunt moved the tying and winning run into scoring position, but Munger was able to get a ground ball back to her to secure the win.
The win was her 23rd of the season in the circle. McGladrey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Miller finished 1-for-2 with a pair of sacrifice bunts. Dani Wall got back on track as she was 2-for-3 on the day with a double.
The Saints (40-14) and will take on Humboldt State on Saturday.